AmeriCorps VISTA Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Website Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

The Communications and Outreach Coordinator VISTA will work under the supervision of the VAHC Coordinator and with support from the Steering Committee to grow our capacity to help Coalition members meet the housing needs of low-income and vulnerable Vermonters.

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have safe, adequate, physically accessible and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, people with disabilities, the homeless, elders, and families with children. Our further mission is to:

  • Encourage resident participation and control in their housing;
  • Advocate for the preservation of existing housing, protection of renters, and the development of new perpetually affordable housing;
  • Promote the recognition of housing as a basic human right for all Vermonters through education;
  • And act as a catalyst for exploring and developing innovative means of preserving and increasing Vermont’s affordable housing stock.

The Coalition’s 70-plus members represent most of Vermont’s nonprofit affordable housing developers, community land trusts, homeless shelters and service providers, public housing authorities, funding agencies, community action agencies, regional planners, and housing, disability and tenants’ rights advocates. Together, VAHC’s members provide housing and services to tens of thousands of low-income Vermonters.

General Responsibilities

The Communications and Outreach Coordinator VISTA will work under the supervision of the VAHC Coordinator and with support from the Steering Committee to grow our capacity to help Coalition members meet the housing needs of low-income and vulnerable Vermonters through the following activities:

  • Organizational development and administrative support
  • Resource development, including fundraising and grant-writing
  • Communications, education and information-sharing
  • Special projects, including Voices of Home and resident organizing
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Specific Responsibilities
  • Organizational development and administrative support
  • Assists with general administrative tasks as needed
  • Continues and expands outreach to allied coalitions and networks to strengthen Coalition policy development and education efforts
  • Organizes, coordinates and promotes monthly Coalition networking meetings, produces and disseminates meeting minutes
  • Conducts membership surveys and helps implement recommendations
  • Meets with regional and national partners at conferences and trainings
  • Resource development, including fundraising and grant-writing
  • Writes grants and undertakes other fundraising activities, including researching and implementing new fundraising mechanisms and revenue streams
  • Updates and maintains Coalition’s constituent relations database (Little Green Light)
  • Conducts annual Coalition membership drive; expands membership through targeted outreach to new constituencies
  • Assists with grant compliance and reporting
  • Communications, education and information-sharing
  • Posts regularly to social media and the VAHC blog to share news, stories, and program updates related to housing, homelessness and allied sectors
  • Updates and maintains Coalition website
  • Writes and publishes periodic electronic newsletter
  • Maintains and enhances statewide email list through MailChimp
  • Writes press releases and assists with media relations
  • Publicizes annual “Out of Reach” report and other housing needs data
  • Compiles, summarizes, and presents Vermont housing and homelessness-related research

Special projects

  • Assists lead artist with Voices of Home multi-media story-telling project
  • Helps plan and facilitate the annual Homelessness Awareness Day at the statehouse
  • Works with the Resident Organizer and Resident Engagement VISTA to
  • Assists with planning and organizing biennial statewide housing conference
  • Helps to implement the new strategic plan
  • Works with the Fair Housing Project on their “Thriving Communities” campaign
  • Assists with yearly Point-in-Time Count report by reviewing, editing and publicizing report

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Interest in fields of affordable housing and homelessness
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently
  • Well-developed research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of social and web-based media
  • Experience in housing, homelessness, community development and grant-writing a plus
  • Valid driver’s license required; car preferred but not required

AmeriCorps Benefits: This is a service position with the SerVermont Americorps VISTA program. Benefits include living allowance, childcare assistance if eligible, training, choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, relocation allowance, health coverage & living allowance. For more detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service. Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition provides $150 per month in rental assistance.

Please send your resume, a cover letter, and contact information for three references to: hiring@vtaffordablehousing.org

To apply for this job email your details to hiring@vtaffordablehousing.org